Poll: New Yorkers Support Occupy Wall Street, But Won’t Hit Obama On Economy

x2 8b56212 Poll: New Yorkers Support Occupy Wall Street, But Wont Hit Obama On EconomyA pretty interesting Quinnipiac poll is making the rounds today after they polled New Yorkers on the matter of the Financial District’s newest residents, and the Occupy Wall Street movement at large.

87 percent of New Yorkers are generally fine with the protesting of (or in the polling language “okay that they are protesting”) Wall Street throughout the city. Given that Occupy Wall Street marches have done everything from flooded with foot traffic to completely shut down everywhere from the Brooklyn Bridge to Times Square to Union Square to Washington Square Park, the Upper East Side and beyond, it’s a pretty incredible consensus. 73% of Republicans even agree with their right to protest, a high number considering the protest’s generally liberal leanings (to put it kindly).

Also fairly fascinating: across all political affiliations, a majority of those polled agreed with the general purview of Occupy Wall Street (81% of Democrats, 58% of Republicans and Independents). Furthermore, 61% against 33% of New Yorkers support the “Millionaire’s Tax,” and of the Republicans polled,  55% against 38% support it as well.

As for the police presence, 46% against 45% disapprove of the job they’re doing handling the protesters, against a 61% overall approval of the New York Police Department.

But the most interesting segment of the poll regards where voters place blame for the economic ennui and angst fueling Occupy Wall Street:

  • 11% blame President Barack Obama.
  • 18% are putting it on Congress.
  • A mere 21% are blaming Wall Street and their financial institutions.
  • And 37% percent of New Yorkers polled are blaming George W. Bush’s presidential administration.

Which may seem a little bound in futility! Either way, it’s by no means the half-plus majority results the other questions received.  It’s all in the full press release on the Quinnipiac poll. For the record, today is Day 30 of Occupy Wall Street; and it looks like they’ll be headed well past the one month mark for the time being.

fkamer@observer.com | @weareyourfek


  1. more proof proving my point, power to the people….

  2. Charley says:

    and rightfully so obama is not to blame. corporations control this country… but that will change soon.

    1. Anonymous says:

      i think obama’s foreign policy’s got something to do with it. 

    2. K says:

      The people are to blame, Washington is to blame, Corporations are to blame.  EVERYONE is to blame for all of this.  

  3. Len says:

    Greed is the culprit here.  Whether it’s Wall Street, Washington, the pharmaceutical companies, Enron, etc., executives and politicians down to the working man and woman, the end result is not pretty when an individual expects to unfairly profit at the expense of his fellow man.  We ALL need to be accountable because there are consequences for actions, good or bad.  Does anyone have a conscience anymore? 

  4. K says:

    Well this really goes to show that OWS are actual morons.  

  5. alulu4youyou says:

    Obama has been digging the country out of the mess left by the GOP/TP, without GOP/TP help since 2010.  And considering the GOP/TP also sank the national credit rating on its own congressional watch, the GOP/TP and its “candidates” will be taking long walks off short piers in 2012 and beyond.

    And then the country can move on and heal from their “trickle down” debacle.

  6. Joebobcft says:

    I think they are all morons

  7. wakeuptime12 says:

    Of  course new yorkers don’t blame B-O… most won’t do it either because he is half black and a democrat, are so left wing in their politics, etc…. so what the guy is wrecking the country??? Better to go after those White Republicans instead…  Let New York keep on losing political clout.. that is all that matters….  and YOU ARE….